Barangay Taba-ao Elementary School was “super fortunate” to be one of the recipients of the classroom rehabilitation projects funded by Cebu Marriott Hotel.
These were the words of the School Head Nenita Lerio who saw all the roofs of their three school buildings blown away by typhoon Yolanda last November.
Last January, all the roofs were fully restored. Cebu Marriott Hotel furnished the campus with a gate in the entrance and provided the classrooms with window grills.
But beyond the physical aspect, the company gave the students psychological push for a better academic performance and hope of a better life.
Lerio and Cebu Marriott Hotel General Manager Patrick Carrol signed a memorandum of agreement that will make them adopted school of Marriott.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III, Tabogon Mayor Zigfred Duterte and Teresita Doronio, schools district supervisor of the Department of Education-Cebu Province Division also signed as witnesses to the agreement.
“Being adopted, our school performance might increase kay (because) the school is provided with instructional materials, nya ang ilang gihatag walay (and they gave it with no) counterpart involved,” she said.
In addition, she said, the hotel will also monitor the children in the barangay and may help them find better employment in the future.
The school also received two computer sets, locker and furniture.
Carroll said the funds came from their Marriott associates from all over the world and donations from their guests.
He said they are not only rebuilding the school but they are also creating a community and good learning environment for the school children.
“In this imperfect world, your acts of volunteerism, kindness, and generosity and may be the closest to perfection we can ever get,” Davide said to Cebu Marriott Hotel.
Davide, who attended the activities, welcomed the collaboration with the private sector in his programs and projects in his administration.
He looked at it as a proof of confidence of the private sector in his new administration.
Marriott’s help was even most welcomed by the Tabogon Municipal Government. Duterte faced a difficult task to apportion the town’s resources to rehabilitate the other public buildings damaged by the typhoon in his town.
Prior to the MOA signing, there was also a ceremonial opening of gate, blessing and turn-over of all the repaired classrooms to Barangay Taba-ao Elementary School.
The hotel’s marker was also unveiled. There was also distribution of bags as well as school supplies to 94 pupils and five teachers, including two volunteers.
The activity ended with a tree planting ceremony at the school campus.